"Vietnamese delegation to visit S. Korea this week to widen cooperation," english.yonhapnews.co.kr/
A Vietnamese delegation will make a four-day visit to South Korea this week to meet senior South Korean officials to discuss ways to widen cooperation between the two countries, the Korea Foundation said Tuesday.
The 12-member delegation, led by Nguyen Thien Nhan, chief of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front, is set to arrive in Seoul the next day, said the foundation affiliated with the South Korean Foreign Ministry.
During its stay in South Korea, the delegation is scheduled to hold talks with South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn and National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun to exchange views on how to strengthen bilateral relations and tour a "smart farm," a farm linked to information and communications technologies, in the country's Gyeonggi Province.
The Vietnamese Fatherland Front, which has close links to the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Vietnamese government, submits parliamentary bills, nominates lawmaker candidates and audits state organizations. Nguyen Thien Nhan visited South Korea in 2008 and 2013 in the capacity of the education minister and a deputy premier, respectively.
The delegation's visit is part of efforts by the Korea Foundation, a leading organization of South Korea’s international exchange and public diplomacy initiatives, to invite Vietnamese leaders to South Korea so that Seoul and Hanoi can cement their strategic cooperative partnership and increase cooperation.